I have got a ESRI file geodatabase(10.3) with many feature-classes(Polygon, Polyline & point). I don't have enterprise ESRI license. I have to split the entire data into two unique parts to do simultaneous edit/update by two employees.

How can I split the file geodatabse(all feature-classes) into two portions, each containing all the feature classes as shown in the image? enter image description here

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    Your question as it is now is somewhat vague. Could you please edit it to include how you want to split the geodatabase? For example, do you want to split it so that one person can edit features that another person is also editing? Or do you want one person to edit points, another to edit lines, and third person to edit polygons? Also, you say ArcGIS geodatabase. But there are several types of geodatabases. Is it an ESRI File Geodatabase? Or a personal geodatabase? Or an SDE Geodatabase? What have you tried so far?
    – Fezter
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 6:26

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I'm assuming you are trying to do this split spatially so one employee can work on a half while the other employee works on the other half. I would use model builder. Define the two areas you want to split the database into with polygons. Use each polygon to clip each feature class in the database and set the export to a new database. Do that for each half.

  • Yes, you are right. Is model builder a must? Commented May 23, 2016 at 17:51
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    Well if you want the process automated you would either have to use model builder or python. If you're not well-versed in python it will be much faster to do it in model builder. It's pretty easy to get the hang of. Otherwise you would have to manually clip your features (which isn't a big deal if you don't have many feature classes).
    – Adam Kara
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 18:08
  • I have 9 feature classes in my geodatabase. Commented May 24, 2016 at 2:04
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    Why not just clip it manually then? Just use a shapefile to define your clip areas and export into each database. It'll take less than 30 minutes.
    – Adam Kara
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 10:59
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